Adventure Tours 9 Day 8 Night Darwin- Alice Springs


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  • Departs Darwin

  • Day 5 Includes Flight From Darwin To Alice Springs

  • Meals 6 Breakfasts 8 Lunches 6 Dinners

  • Accommodation (2 Nights Hotel) (6 Nights Permanent Tented Camp With Shared Facilities)

  • Good Level Of Fitness Is Always Good

  • $45 Sleeping Bag Hire


From the tropical Top End to the Red Centre, this is a classic Aussie adventure.

Become immersed in the natural beauty and spirit of Australia’s Outback on this 9-Day north-south traversal of the Territory. Starting off amid the balmy climes and eclectic vibe of Darwin, drive out to the waterfalls, rockpools and monsoon forests of Litchfield National Park, cruise about in search of crocs in the Mary River Wetlands, check out the billabongs and indigenous rock art of Kakadu, and explore Katherine Gorge from the water. Then flying south to Alice Springs, enjoy a guided tour among the boulders of Kata Tjuta, learn about the sacred significance of Uluru during a Mala Cultural Intrepretive Walk, spend a night camped out in Kings Canyon and take in the sites on a guided tour of the Western MacDonnell Ranges. This adventure leaves no stone unturned.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Darwin to Mary River, via Litchfield National Park
Flush with waterfalls, swimming holes and some pretty gigantic termite mounds, Litchfield National Park encapsulates all that’s wonderful about the Top End. We’ll start off here checking out Florence Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then break for a picnic before travelling on to Wangi Falls for a final swim and leisurely stroll through monsoon forest. Leaving Litchfield, it’s on and into Mary River National Park. The species of saltwater crocodile found in Australia are the biggest in the world, and the Mary River wetlands are absolutely full of them. See how many you can spot on an afternoon river cruise. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed.

Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. There are also a few short, easy walks.

Accommodation
– Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Litchfield National Park
– Mary River cruise

Optional Activities

Meals
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 2: Kakadu National Park: Ubirr & Barramundi Gorge
In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a ‚Äòliving cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values’. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, to which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can attest. Your guide will explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon we head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice). Swimming spots don’t get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is up to three and- a-half hours, depending on the trails taken.

Accommodation
– Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Ubirr Rock
– Kakadu National Park Fee

Optional Activities

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 3: Kakadu to Katherine
Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky’s a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you’ll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. After a stop in at the Bowali visitors centre we head for the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek which offers a very different side to Australian history. Back on the road again, there’s time for a dip in either Gunlom or Edith Falls before pulling into our private campsite near Nitmuluk National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to an hour-and-a-half.

Accommodation
– Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Bowali Visitor Centre
– Edith Falls
– Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre
– Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Optional Activities
– Flight (Fixed Wing Aircraft) over – Kakadu – from – AUD150

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 4: Katherine Gorge to Darwin
Depending on the season, head out on a morning cruise along the inky waters of Katherine Gorge, or canoe between red rock walls that are up to 70 metres high (both of these activities are optional and at your own expense). This 23 million-year-old landscape was formed by the Katherine River, which flows from Arnhem Land out to the Timor Sea. After lunch experience an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interpretive display to learn about the culture of the First Peoples of Australia. You’ll have the chance to get involved in some great hands-on activities, such as fire-making, boomerang and spear throwing and painting your own artwork to take home as a souvenir. Afterwards hit the road back to Darwin, where you will check into your motel for the evening.

Note: Total driving time is about five hours (approximately 400kms)
Total walking time is approximately one hour

Included Activities

Optional Activities
– Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise – AUD94

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch

Day 5: Flight Travel Day Darwin to Alice Springs
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Darwin to Alice Springs with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia’s first commercial airline, and stands for “Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services” and is now one of the worlds best International airlines.

We’ll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. On arrival in Alice Springs, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll be staying at the Alice Motor Inn. (no meals included)

Accommodation
– Hotel (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Airport Transfers

Optional Activities

Day 6: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Starting in Alice Springs, we make our way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a guided walk through the awe-inspiring Domes. We then head to Australia’s most iconic landmark – Uluru. As the sun begins to set below the horizon, enjoy some tasty snacks and watch the rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a delicious spread of food with your group. If the weather permits, sit outside under the stars.

Notes: Total driving time is approximately five and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.

Accommodation
– Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance

Optional Activities

Meals
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 7: Uluru Sunrise
An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of the rock, gaining insights into the land and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. After your stroll, we walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru. You will be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land. This exclusive experience will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of the art and craft of the First Peoples of Australia for you to browse.

This afternoon travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.

Accommodation
– Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Uluru Cultural Centre
– Uluru Base Walk
– Maruku Arts cultural experience

Optional Activities

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 8: Kings Canyon rim walk
The centrepiece attraction of Watarrka is undoubtedly Kings Canyon; a humungous gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls hundreds of metres high. Offering a welcome escape from the dry desert heat, this site’s deep gullies and hidden rockpools provide shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a guided trek that takes in the canyon’s most famous sites ‚Äì the Lost City, Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre and North and South Walls. Then it’s lunch, rest, Then it’s lunch, rest, and off we head toward Glen Helen where we camp this evening.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.

Accommodation
– Hotel (1 Night)

Included Activities
– Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Optional Activities

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Day 9: The Western MacDonnell Ranges
This morning, we will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00am and journey watch the Australian wilds waking up on a morning drive out to the West MacDonnell Ranges. Reaching this national park, we’ll follow the Waterhole trail through Ormiston Pound to Ormiston Gorge ‚Äì a tranquil little rock pool surrounded by ochre-coloured rock walls and white-trunked eucalypts. Black-footed rock wallabies often pop down here for a drink, so keep those peepers peeled. Next up is Ellery Creek, where there’s the chance to cool off with a dip. Following lunch, it’s on to Simpsons Gap. Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte people, this deep gorge, often partly filled with water, is associated with goanna, eagle and rock wallaby dreamings. See the colours of the ranges change as the sun starts its descent.

The total driving time will be about three hours, and you will walk up to 10km.

Included Activities
– Western MacDonnell Ranges

Optional Activities

Meals
– Breakfast
– Lunch

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